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Role: Deployment Strategy and Packaging Specialist
Job Number: 517762 | Vacancy Link
Location: Remote
Duration: 11.5 months
Work-Type: Consultancy

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, innovate….

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives. The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly — anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach — in a traditionally risk-averse field — to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.

The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.

We’re an interdisciplinary team around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling new technologies and practices. With our partners, we focus on convening and collaborating on new and different solutions, low- and high-tech,  by:

  • Looking at the 2-5 year horizon to evaluate emerging and trending technologies and to see how UNICEF can work with the private sector on doing better business while improving essential services for children;
  • Investing in early stage solutions that show great potential to positively impact children in the 0-2 year future including the Venture Fund that invests in open source technology solutions from start-ups based in UNICEF’s programme countries;
  • Identifying proven solutions that can be implemented at national scale in multiple countries – taking the ideas that help thousands in one country, bringing them to dozens of countries across multiple sectors, and impacting the lives of millions of children.”


To date, the Office of Innovation (OoI) supported the scale up of innovations through UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre (GIC). The GIC was launched in May 2015, with a vision to inspire and support the scale-up of new technologies and approaches to UNICEF’s work and that of its partners to achieve powerful impact for all children.

The above UNICEF-adopted IDIA framework for the phases of innovation is especially relevant in understanding the past and future focus of how the OoI supports scale. The OoI focused on stages 4, 5 and 6. Applying a demand-driven, centre-of-excellence model, the OoI managed a portfolio of that was refined over time to focus on 7 innovations. The OoI scaled these from a handful of pilots to robust platforms in 85 countries that as of June 2018, have changed the lives of 115 million people.

The OoI also focused on contributing to building organizational capacity to scale innovation. As a result, UNICEF today is much better positioned to adopt and adapt innovative solutions — hundreds of staff have been through a variety of capacity development opportunities ranging from joint missions to learning programmes, positions have been reprofiled, and new innovation and ICT4D positions (staff and consultancy) have been established in country offices, business analysts in each regional office and new capacity in headquarters.

The OoI will now narrow its focus on the remaining gap between the Proof of Concept and Transition to Scale phases, where the OoI has unique and proven expertise, demonstrated success, and is well placed within the organization to provide this expertise across sectors and regions, provide value in the chain that links to and supports scaling by others.

Accelerate to Scale (A2S) will solve selected problems, shine the light on solutions sourced both internally and externally and help them be successful by doing, demonstrating, documenting and disseminating what can be done. The Office of Innovation (OoI) will allocate A2S resources to supporting specific new innovations that may be both internal and external to accelerate them to scale, directly supporting implementation to produce i) packaged deployment strategy and resources; ii) a validated business model and iii) systematically documented evidence of results. Capturing and disseminating this learning, best practices, processes and tools will spport other people to undertake the scaling and sustainable scale of the innovation.

UNICEF is now seeking a consultant with expertise in deployment strategy and the packaging of innovative solutions for scale. A promising solution that has evidence of impact in one context needs to be validated and the solution itself refined through a limited number of applications in other contexts. Solutions require a deployment strategy as well as packaged implementation resources that equip others to undertake the scaling and sustainable scale of the innovative solution. 

How can you make a difference?

Working closely with the Senior Advisor on Innovation (Scale), the Deployment Strategy & Packaging Specialist will develop appropriate strategies for deployment of identified innovative solutions, as well as a comprehensive set of packaged implementation resources designed so others will be able to undertake the scaling and sustainable scale of the solution.

The general objective of this consultancy is, for solutions in the Transition to Scale phase  to undertake a cycle of discovery and development that will deliver i) defined deployment strategy for each solution along with ii) packaged solution ready-to-deploy including resources and templates such as but not limited to toolkits, capacity building materials, presentation decks, institutional arrangements, draft TORs, negotiation guides etc as relevant. Existing models of these packages will be shared as examples.


i) Develop a thorough understanding of solutions (which may be both non-technological and technological) through accompanying/observing/supporting their implementation in specific country contexts and consulting those involved;

ii) Undertake demand/needs assessment, e.g. assess relevance and demand for solutions before further development of deployment package.

iii) Draw global insights and inferences on the basis of those specific contexts and including consulting relevant stakeholders and user-centred approaches, to cover issues such as but not limited to: deployability, conditions including ecosystem and effect thereof; critical success factors; key barriers and opportunities; processes and approach;

iv) Assess, recommend and, where relevant, implement/project manage iterations/expansions/rebuilding of the core solution to produce a globally deployable solution; test and iterate to refine;

v)  Develop, test and iterate templates and other reusable resources applying user-centred approaches; Examples of these kinds of resources include:

  • Deployment process maps and checklists
  • Deployment toolkits, Facilitation Toolkits
  • Solution handbooks, Case books
  • Content for solution features and user-generated tips & tricks
  • Technical manuals for setup and configuration of different software tools
  • Case studies and deployment experiences of solutions by UNICEF and others
  • Training content for capacity building, Training of Trainers
  • Webinars
  • Communication materials such as presentation decks, graphics etc.

vi) Document work on an ongoing basis, including but not limited to case booking, blog posts/articles, webinars, social media and similar. May be required to present work in internal and external fora.

The work of this consultant will be highly collaborative, working closely:

  • As a team with an Evidence and Innovation Scaling Strategist and Innovation Business Model Specialist;
  • With colleagues in the OoI;
  • With colleagues at Headquarters, Regional and Country level that are directly engaged with the specific solutions being supported, who will bring diverse insights including from sector and geographic perspectives; and
  • with external resource people and expertise.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, Business, International Relations, Social Policy, Social Development, or other relevant disciplines; or equivalent related practical experience.
  • At least 8 years of professional experience.
  • Significant experience with project management with an ability to translate complex ideas from various fields into unified, clear guidance is a must.
  • Significant experience with project management with an ability to translate complex ideas from various fields into unified, clear guidance is a must.
  • Experience in codifying and packaging solutions for adoption and adaptation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with processing large amount of information and synthesizing it.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a team and in a diverse work environment.
  • Knowledge of United Nations – particularly UNICEF – programming, processes and work streams.
  • Strong project management and self-management.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his own health insurance and, if applicable, travel insurance
  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel

Application must include

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • A sample of work related to the assignment as described in this Terms of Reference.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


Opening Date Fri Nov 16 2018 09:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Nov 30 2018 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) 

Job Opportunity: Blockchain Developer, Office of Innovation
Job Opportunity: Technical Support Adviser, Office of Innovation